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Ortlieb Panniers: What do the name means?

As an owner of Ortlieb panniers, Sport-Packer Plus front panniers and Bike-Packer Plus rear panniers I honestly hadn’t really considered what the names mean but clearly it was causing confusion somewhere as Ortlieb USA have published a nice little graphic explaining the pannier names. The only problem with their graphic is that they seem to have the Sport-Packer Plus panniers as rear panniers when these panniers are really front ones; they have a capacity of 30 litres compared to the Bike-Packer Plus, the rear panniers which have a capacity of 42 litres.  Anyway the chart is handy guide to your way around Ortlieb panniers despite this little error. Continue Reading →

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Cycling Infrastructure: International Best Practice

Cycling Infrastructure: International Best Practice

Transport for London have released a report, International Cycling Infrastructure Best Practice Study, the outcome of a Transport for London commissioned study which focused on the design approaches in cities with high levels of cycling and/or recent significant growth in cycling numbers.

While the report has a London focus it also informative for other cities including I would argue the Perth.

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December 2014 Australian Cyclist Road Toll

Road Deaths Toll Cyclists Killed

December 2014 road toll data has been released by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. The number of bicycle riders killed on our roads in the 12 months to December 2014 declined to 45. At last we had a relatively safe month, which at least saw the yearly figure whilst still the second highest fatality rate five years was a decline over 2013. Continue Reading →

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Recumbent Bicycles: The Social Construction of the Recumbent Bicycle

LoGo P-38 with Angletech Aerotrunk III

LoGo P-38 Recumbent Bicycle

Ahmed, Qureshi & Khan (2015) is an interesting research note, that as the authors describe, is an attempt to “explain the historical and social perspectives that led to the rejection of the recumbent bicycle by utilizing the theory of Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) and Bijker’s two power theory, providing a contrast with the adoption of the safety bicycle.”
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Hi-Viz and Bicycle Riding – A Sample of One

I have previously blogged on the effectiveness of hi-viz and bicycle riding (cycling) and by chance I have an Adidas bright yellow/green sports shirt which has reflective stripes in my riding kit. I actually brought it for wearing when touring where I have to ride on highways. I found it helped in making me more visible to truck drivers in particular who on my last tour where pulling three trailer road trains. It just helps them plan the safe passing move and by all accounts it was effective.

Now as a researcher of no note I do not normally put any value into a sample of one even when that sample is myself, but this video of an incident I incurred just highlights how ineffective hi-viz and in this case a 80 lumens Busch & Muller front light are if the motor vehicle operator is not looking.  It does not matter what we as bicycle riders do if when we are behind the wheel of a motor vehicles we failed to look.

SMIDSY [Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You] just does not cut it, ever.

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